NZ-China meat deal completed

Farmer and agribusiness leader Sam Robinson has been appointed by Shanghai Maling as a resident director.

Silver Fern Farm and Shanghai Maling sign joint $267m investment deal earlier than expected.

Healthy Rivers: 'This is a mess'

A northern section of the proposed Healthy Rivers Wai Ora plan has been cleaved from the rest of the region.

Failure to consult with iwi causes partial withdrawal of Waikato river plan change to annoyance of farmers.

Fonterra luring Aussies farmers

Fonterra's Stanhope site takes milk from about 260 farms in northern Victoria to produce specialty cheeses and cheddar, ...

New Zealand dairy giant luring disgruntled farmers in heart of Australia's largest farming collective.

Two new Fonterra directors

Incumbent director Michael Spaans.

Two Fonterra board nominees have been successfully elected as directors.

Promoting meat for young diets

Meat's part in a child's first 1000 days will be the subject of an international marketing campaign.

OPINION: Meat has a massive part to play in a child's first 1000 days and I'm proud to market it to parents.

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opinion

The tick that nearly turned me vegan

When he wasn't encountering strange creatures Marc Gascoigne found time for kayaking.

Marc Gascoigne has just returned from an eventful holiday in Australia.

Promoting meat for young diets

OPINION: Meat has a massive part to play in a child's first 1000 days and I'm proud to market it to parents.

Low fat lambs make poor eating

A memorable month for farmers

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Two new Fonterra directors

Incumbent director Michael Spaans.

Two Fonterra board nominees have been successfully elected as directors.

All aboard the dairy regulation train

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

Dairy cows munch on grass in a paddock  near Rai Valley between Nelson and Blenheim.

Grass is greener in Nelson paddocks

 A wetter than usual November has seen greener pastures impact cattle sales in the Nelson region.

advice

Farming with the dreaded eczema

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Romney breeder Gordon Levet has advice for farmers on how to reduce the impact of facial eczema.

Post-quake lots of work on farm

Quakes come and go but crops have to be harvested and winter planting done.

Systems like Xero, Cash Manager Rural, Banklink and MYOB Accounts Live allow farmers to quickly assess their profit position.

Maximising your profit

Increasing milk production does not necessarily generate more profit.

aquaculture

Barge firm ready for log jam

Nautilus Pacific barging logs in the Marlborough Sounds.

500,000 tonnes of logs will be harvested in Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds a year over the next 50 years.

'A pioneer, an entrepreneur and a bloody good bloke'

Commercial fishing's 'elder statesman' farewelled.

Paua exposed by the earthquake on the coast near Oaro, south of Kaikoura. Little can be done to save these, but mature ...

Kaikoura fishery closure on cards video

Stocks of paua and crayfish need time to recover after this week's devastating quake.

beef

Top awards for beef and lamb dishes

The new Beef + Lamb NZ ambassador chefs are, from left: Alistair Forster, Scott Kennedy, Steve Beere, Shaun Clouston, ...

Top restaurants named by Beef + Lamb NZ

Onetai Station builds foundations for growth

Two years of development at Onetai Station have put the building blocks in place for future economic and environmental gains.

Dairy cows munch on grass in a paddock  near Rai Valley between Nelson and Blenheim.

Grass is greener in Nelson paddocks

 A wetter than usual November has seen greener pastures impact cattle sales in the Nelson region.

Sheep

Top awards for beef and lamb dishes

The new Beef + Lamb NZ ambassador chefs are, from left: Alistair Forster, Scott Kennedy, Steve Beere, Shaun Clouston, ...

Top restaurants named by Beef + Lamb NZ

Onetai Station builds foundations for growth

Two years of development at Onetai Station have put the building blocks in place for future economic and environmental gains.

Ike Williams: There may be a premium for good tasting lamb one day?  Wow, what a radical  idea that is.

Low fat lambs make poor eating

Ike Williams wades into the fat lamb debate.

cropping

Hort boom fueled by declining tariffs

The humble onion earns $112 million a year in export earnings. High school student Lincoln Roper, 16, is the youngest ...

While tariffs are reducing, the horticulture industry is facing rising numbers of non-tariff barriers to exports.

Knotty posts become tyre-some

Treated vineyard posts could be reduced to charcoal, then used to make car tyres.

The fungal disease Phytophthora rot affects the base of the asparagus spear.

Wet spring spears asparagus yield

A cold and wet spring has North Island asparagus growers in short supply. 

agribusiness

NZ-China meat deal completed

Farmer and agribusiness leader Sam Robinson has been appointed by Shanghai Maling as a resident director.

Silver Fern Farm and Shanghai Maling sign joint $267m investment deal earlier than expected.

Bad news for cherry lovers

Cherry prices are expected to rise after a poor spring and transport delays following the November quake.

Fonterra's Stanhope site takes milk from about 260 farms in northern Victoria to produce specialty cheeses and cheddar, ...

Fonterra circles disgruntled Aussies

New Zealand dairy giant luring disgruntled farmers in heart of Australia's largest farming collective.

Discovery

Setting up dairy for new evolution

Matt Highway – Manager of Sustainable Dairying – Living Water, Fonterra

Rob Mitchell talks to the environmental scientist who developed riparian guides for the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord.

Watching grass grow

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who is studying pasture persistence under the big Transforming the Dairy Value Chain PGP.

Dana Carver, right, DairyNZ Wellness and Wellbeing Programme leader, is also  a wellness coach.

The incredible wellness of being

The leader of a programme that encourages farmers and rural professionals to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

rural women

Leading scientific research in Taranaki

Debbie McCallum has been appointed to the role of regional science co-ordinator for the new Dairy Trust Taranaki.

A respected Taranaki farm consultant will lead dairy research in the region.

Talented mum up for Fonterra council

Michelle Pye hopes to become a South Canterbury representative on the Fonterra shareholder council.

A culture change will lead to better safety on farms.

Culture change needed before safety on farms improves

New laws only go so far in effecting positive changes in health and safety on farms.

Video

Bubble winners and losers

Who stands to lose the most if there's a housing crash? And who - if anyone - stands to gain?

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